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Scion of a proud, aristocratic military family, Coriolanus is a man of great courage and unshakeable integrity - but the values that have served him and his country in battle will be his downfall in civil society.
Drama Thriller - This is an adaptation of the William Shakespeare play but set during
modern times. There is a lot of brutal violence. Fans of
star/director Ralph Fiennes will have plenty to savor here though
other known names such as Gerard Butler have smaller roles. Violent
content makes the film too intense for children.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Coriolanus deserves to be seen, however, especially among those who enjoy Shakespeare without considering themselves purists. It's violent, bloody, fast-paced, and powerfully acted.
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Caius Martius 'Coriolanus' (Ralph Fiennes) is unquestionably Rome's most courageous general and its most controversial. He is revered for his ferocity in battle and willingness to die for his country; and reviled for his openly contemptuous attitude towards the ordinary Roman citizen. After achieving an astounding victory in Rome's long-running war with the neighboring Volsces, Coriolanus is prodded by his controlling and ambitious mother, Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave) to seek the prestigious and powerful political office of Consul. But Coriolanus bristles at the false niceties of retail politicking, and is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs in order to secure the office. When the public rejects his bid, Coriolanus explodes in rage, prompting a riot that culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy, the Volscian guerrilla leader Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to take revenge on his city.